Collie hotspot for festival

Collie River Valley is set to be at the centre of Western Australia's event calendar next year after the state government pledged funding for a new adventure festival.

Adventure Festival: Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Shire of Collie president Sarah Stanley and Crank'n Cycles owner Erik Mellegers. Photo: Breeanna Tirant.

Adventure Festival: Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, Shire of Collie president Sarah Stanley and Crank'n Cycles owner Erik Mellegers. Photo: Breeanna Tirant.

Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray announced the creation of the Collie festival this week, which will see the town host a new outdoor sports and activities festival over the Labour Day weekend in 2020.

Mr Murray said $75,000 was pledged to get the inaugural event off the ground in an effort to showcase the range of outdoor events being promoted, built and funded in 2019.

"Initially, the thinking was to have a festival centred on marron, but by broadening the event, we can celebrate more of what can be enjoyed in this beautiful part of the world that I am fortunate to call home," he said.

"I encourage everyone to circle the 2020 Labour Day long weekend in their calendars and make plans to be in Collie to enjoy this exciting new festival.

"I look forward to welcoming visitors to Collie and showcasing what we have to offer when this event is held."

The event will be organised by the Collie Cycle Club and the grant is the latest funding allocation from the state government aimed at supporting Collie's growth as an adventure sports hub.

In the 2018-19 financial year, $10 million was allocated to the Collie Adventure Trails initiative in an effort to diversify Collie from a "coal town" to WA's premier "trail adventure town", which will involve creating 100 kilometres of high quality mountain bike trails.